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92-95 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2005
Ruby-red. Musky, highly aromatic nose combines black raspberry, roast coffee, gunflint and woodsmoke. Very tightly wound, juicy flavors of black and red raspberry. Quite powerfully structured, muscular and youthfully clenched today, but already boasts superb lift and grip. Finishes very long, peppery and firm. Not nearly as round as the Lancement, but then this wine will probably not be bottled until March of 2006. Think of this as Ogier's Cote Brune-type cuvee, while Lancement is more in the style of Cote Blonde.